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posted Friday, May 7, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 19
Blood, sweat, and candy: The stars of Lost Coast
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Blood, sweat, and candy: The stars of Lost Coast

by Gary M. Kramer - SGN Contributing Writer

Bisexual writer/director Gabriel Fleming's The Lost Coast, now out on DVD, is an excellent independent drama.

Jasper (Ian Scott McGregor) is a straight young man who, while engaged to be married, spends Halloween in San Francisco's Castro district with his Gay best friend Mark (Lucas Alifano). Mark's ex-girlfriend Lily (Lindsay Benner) and Mark's Gay pal Caleb (Chris Yule) are also along for the crazy night. When Lily reveals to Caleb that Jasper and Mark "fooled around" back in high school, the dynamics among the friends change.

Where there is an ease between Jasper and Mark - Jasper walks with his eyes closed, trusting Mark to watch out for him - these guys later fight and wrestle, proving just who holds the power in their relationship. Of course, things climax (literally and figuratively) with the release of some pent-up sexual tension.

The Lost Coast is an incredibly assured film, buoyed by an impressive and atmospheric soundtrack, beautiful handheld cinematography, and a quietly powerful ending. The cast is terrific and the themes of love and trust and truth echo.

Fleming and Alifano talked about their experiences making The Lost Coast, which was fraught with difficulties.

"For me, the craziest night was shooting in the Castro because we were surrounded by thousands of drunken people," recalls Alifano. "We were in the middle of shooting and this random guy, glittery, all covered in crushed hard candy - licorice and candy canes, stuck all over his body - started yelling at me. He had a bottle of this syrup and asked if I wanted some. He squirted my hand with a glob of this stuff and then took his face and buried it in my hands and started tonguing me."

Fleming adds, "Yeah, we tried to get a release from [him] and it came back all covered in candy." Suffice to say, that episode did not make it into the film.

But other scenes of Mark and Jasper wrestling or swimming in a pond did, and these were equally grueling to film.

"That particular day was freezing! And I had to jump off the cliff into the pond eight times," boasts Alifano.

"It was four times," corrects Fleming.

"It felt like eight," the actor continues. "Then I had to go walk back to [the top of the cliff] in tighty-whiteys and I was deep into hypothermia. Ian [his co-star] and I were freezing our nuts off. Ian asked if I was OK at one point, because my face was purple!"

Fleming relents. "Yeah, I had to tell him to stop shivering while the cameras were on. By the way, I was in a full wetsuit. I was warm and fine."

The banter between these guys is also in evidence when they talk about a prop that plays a notable part in the film - the dildo Mark uses to augment his "flasher" costume for Halloween.

Alifano laughs at the question of who got to keep the dildo. "I just asked that to Gabe in the theatre here in San Francisco!"

Fleming clarifies, "He asked if I still have it. I think he wants it."

"I am attached to it. That dildo was a lot of fun," retorts the actor.

"I have it," Fleming admits. "We had to get two of them. I have every costume element in case we had to reshoot. I guess I can throw it all out now."

The filmmaker may be displaying a sense of caution in regard to his preparation for the shoot, but the actual filming was fraught with drama. Fleming remembers - and not fondly - making the film in the rainiest month in San Francisco. "Everything was wet and cold and muddy. The worst night was on top of the hill. We didn't have permits, and the cops came, but one of the cops got this emergency call and sped off. Lucas had a 102-degree temperature, and he had to wrestle in the cold mud for an hour and a half at two in the morning."

Nevertheless, the cast and crew's efforts are worthwhile. The Lost Coast is a real find - an incredibly assured film, buoyed by an impressive and atmospheric "shoegaze" soundtrack, beautiful handheld cinematography and a quietly powerful ending. Check it out.

© 2010 Gary M. Kramer

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